Choose Your Path: Neuroscience or Cognitive Science

Choose Your Path: Neuroscience or Cognitive Science

NSCS students will choose one of two tracks in the NSCS curriculum: Neuroscience or Cognitive Science.

The curriculum has a substantial common core group of foundation courses and NSCS core courses that give them a solid foundation in both Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. 

All students have:

  • a science foundation in biology, chemistry and physics;
  • a psychology/philosophy foundation focusing on the mind of the individual;
  • and a mathematics foundation in calculus, statistics and basic programming.
  • the gateway course NSCS 200: Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

As NSCS majors, students go beyond the common core courses by taking additional core course that are specific to the track in which they are interested. These additional upper division courses in each track are designed to enhance student knowledge and skills in the chosen content area. Finally, the program includes emphasis areas that constitute groups of courses aligned by theme.  These are elective courses within the major that allow students to customize the program to their own interests. They also give students the opportunity to substantially increase their depth of knowledge in a particular sub-area of neuroscience and cognitive science. Students are encouraged to include independent or directed research as part of their study with their chosen emphasis.

Overview of 2021 - 2023 Curriculum Tracks

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